1. A nerve guidance conduit with topographical and biochemical cues: potential application using human neural stem cells.

    Nanoscale Research Letters 10(1):972 (2015) PMID 26071111 PMCID PMC4469602

    Despite major advances in the pathophysiological understanding of peripheral nerve damage, the treatment of nerve injuries still remains an unmet medical need. Nerve guidance conduits present a promising treatment option by providing a growth-permissive environment that 1) promotes neuronal cell...
  2. Disparities in Overall Survival for Male Breast Cancer Patients in the State of Florida (1996-2007).

    Clinical Breast Cancer 15(4):e177 (2015) PMID 25726509

    Little is known regarding population-based disparities in male breast cancer (MBC). We analyzed this for Florida using data from 1996 to 2007. Data from the Florida Cancer Data System, the Agency for Health Care Administration, and the US Census were linked for MBC patients (n = 1589). Survival ...
  3. Hearing Impairment Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.

    JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery 141(7):641 (2015) PMID 26021283 PMCID PMC4506256

    Hearing impairment is common in adults, but few studies have addressed it in the US Hispanic/Latino population. To determine the prevalence of hearing impairment among US Hispanic/Latino adults of diverse backgrounds and determine associations with potential risk factors. The Hispanic Community ...
  4. Cigarette Smoking and Depressive Symptoms Among Hispanic/Latino Adults: Results From the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL).

    Nicotine & Tobacco Research 17(6):727 (2015) PMID 25332458 PMCID PMC4481722

    In the present study, we investigated associations among cigarette smoking, smoking cessation treatment, and depressive symptoms in Hispanic/Latino adults. The multisite prospective population-based Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) enrolled a cohort of Hispanic/Latino ...
  5. Risk of Cigarette Smoking Initiation During Adolescence Among US-Born and Non-US-Born Hispanics/Latinos: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.

    American Journal of Public Health 105(6):1230 (2015) PMID 25322293 PMCID PMC4431078

    We assessed risk of cigarette smoking initiation among Hispanics/Latinos during adolescence by migration status and gender. The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) surveyed persons aged 18 to 74 years in 2008 to 2011. Our cohort analysis (n = 2801 US-born, 13 200 non-US-b...
  6. Characterization of metabolic syndrome among diverse Hispanics/Latinos living in the United States: Latent class analysis from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL).

    International Journal of Cardiology 184:373 (2015) PMID 25745986 PMCID PMC4417385

    Empirical investigation of the adequacy of metabolic syndrome (MetS) diagnostic criteria, and whether meaningful subtypes of MetS exist, is needed among Hispanics/Latinos. In 15,825 US Hispanics/Latinos from HCHS/SOL, latent class analysis of MetS components (waist circumference, systolic and di...
  7. Characterization of metabolic syndrome among diverse Hispanics/Latinos living in the United States: Latent class analysis from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)

    International Journal of Cardiology 184:373 (2015)

    Background/objectives Empirical investigation of the adequacy of metabolic syndrome (MetS) diagnostic criteria, and whether meaningful subtypes of MetS exist, is needed among Hispanics/Latinos.
  8. Smoking and survival in female breast cancer patients.

    Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 150(2):395 (2015) PMID 25724306

    The purpose of this study was to determine if smoking affects survival in female breast cancer patients, both overall and stratified by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. We linked data from the 1996-2007 Florida cancer data system, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, and ...
  9. Engagement in mindfulness practices by u.s. Adults: sociodemographic barriers.

    Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine 21(2):100 (2015) PMID 25685958 PMCID PMC4326023

    To examine the effect of sociodemographic factors on mindfulness practices. National Health Interview Survey Alternative Medicine Supplement data were used to examine sociodemographic predictors of engagement in meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qigong. Greater education was associated with mindful...
  10. Influence of socio-demographic characteristics on eye care expenditure: data from the medical expenditure panel survey 2007.

    Ophthalmic Epidemiology 22(1):28 (2015) PMID 23662909

    ABSTRACT Objective: To evaluate the association between sociodemographic factors and eye care expenditure and to assess the burden of ocular expenditure compared to total health care expenditure. A retrospective analysis of ocular expenditure in participants of the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel...
  11. Influence of socio-demographic characteristics on eye care expenditure: data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2007.

    Ophthalmic Epidemiology 22(1):28 (2015) PMID 23662909

    To evaluate the association between sociodemographic factors and eye care expenditure and to assess the burden of ocular expenditure compared to total health care expenditure. A retrospective analysis of ocular expenditure in participants of the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Data from 2...
  12. Diabetes eye screening in urban settings serving minority populations: detection of diabetic retinopathy and other ocular findings using telemedicine.

    JAMA Ophthalmology 133(2):174 (2015) PMID 25393129

    The use of a nonmydriatic camera for retinal imaging combined with the remote evaluation of images at a telemedicine reading center has been advanced as a strategy for diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening, particularly among patients with diabetes mellitus from ethnic/racial minority populations ...
  13. Association between cardiovascular fitness and metabolic syndrome among american workers.

    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 57(2):129 (2015) PMID 25654514

    To explore the association between cardiovascular fitness and metabolic syndrome across occupational groups using a nationally representative sample of the US population. Respondents aged 18 to 49 years from the 1999 to 2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were evaluated for car...
  14. Smoking causes blindness: time for eye care professionals to join the fight against tobacco.

    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 56(2):1120 (2015) PMID 25680974

    Sight is an important indicator of health and quality of life. Approximately, 3.4 million Americans 40 years of age and older are visually impaired or blind. Evidence suggests that smoking increases the risk of the most common sight-threatening conditions of eye disease. Half a century after the...
  15. Engagement in mindfulness practices by U.S. adults: sociodemographic barriers.

    Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine 21(2):100 (2015) PMID 25685958 PMCID PMC4326023

    To examine the effect of sociodemographic factors on mindfulness practices. National Health Interview Survey Alternative Medicine Supplement data were used to examine sociodemographic predictors of engagement in meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qigong. Greater education was associated with mindful...
  16. Engagement in mindfulness practices by u.s. Adults: sociodemographic barriers.

    Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine 21(2):100 (2015) PMID 25685958

    To examine the effect of sociodemographic factors on mindfulness practices. National Health Interview Survey Alternative Medicine Supplement data were used to examine sociodemographic predictors of engagement in meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qigong. Greater education was associated with mindful...
  17. Influence of socio-demographic characteristics on eye care expenditure: data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2007.

    Ophthalmic Epidemiology 22(1):28 (2015) PMID 23662909

    To evaluate the association between sociodemographic factors and eye care expenditure and to assess the burden of ocular expenditure compared to total health care expenditure. A retrospective analysis of ocular expenditure in participants of the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Data from 2...
  18. Association between cardiovascular fitness and metabolic syndrome among american workers.

    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 57(2):129 (2015) PMID 25654514

    To explore the association between cardiovascular fitness and metabolic syndrome across occupational groups using a nationally representative sample of the US population. Respondents aged 18 to 49 years from the 1999 to 2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were evaluated for car...
  19. Diabetes eye screening in urban settings serving minority populations: detection of diabetic retinopathy and other ocular findings using telemedicine.

    JAMA Ophthalmology 133(2):174 (2015) PMID 25393129 PMCID PMC4479273

    The use of a nonmydriatic camera for retinal imaging combined with the remote evaluation of images at a telemedicine reading center has been advanced as a strategy for diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening, particularly among patients with diabetes mellitus from ethnic/racial minority populations ...
  20. Obstructive sleep apnea and neurocognitive function in a Hispanic/Latino population.

    Neurology 84(4):391 (2015) PMID 25540308 PMCID PMC4336004

    We evaluated the association between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and neurocognitive function among community-dwelling Hispanic/Latino individuals in the United States. Cross-sectional analysis of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos middle-aged and older adults, aged 45 to 74 y...